Birds in a Gnarly Tree

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.67.1
Artist:
P. Caril
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Recycled steel oil-drum
Date:
circa 2010
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 14 in Width: 14.25 in
Description:
Three birds on branches of a tree in a rectangular frame
Historical Context:
One of the unique forms of Haitian art is recycled steel drum art. Metal drums, once used for transporting oil or other products, are taken from the capitol city of Port au Prince and brought to the neighboring town of Croix-des-Bouquets, the center of the Haitian metalwork movement. The drums are first cleaned, split open, and flattened before a hammer, chisel, and nail are used to create the intricate patterns and cut-outs.

Library of Congress Subjects:
Sculpture